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Psychological medicine

The hidden epidemic of domestic violence: when to ask and how to respond

Kelsey Hegarty

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Abstract

Domestic violence underlies many psychosomatic presentations in women. To help prevent major, enduring health effects, GPs need to ask directly about abuse and respond with ongoing support.

Article Extract

Intimate partner violence is a hidden problem in general practice, with women presenting with a wide range of psychological and chronic physical symptoms. GPs need to ask direct, nonjudgemental questions about abuse, as well as provide appropriate follow up and ongoing support.

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